We’ve all been there: the mid-day slump kicks and it’s time to refuel with some lunch, but the thought of having the same bland meal for the fourth day in a row is cringe-worthy, and a bit sad. Don’t throw the napkin in just yet because there is definitely hope for both your tastebuds and lunch game with a fresh look at chicken salad, the classic lunchtime staple.

These recipes use pre-cooked rotisserie chicken because it’s fast, easy and is super delicious and full-fat Greek yogurt in place of mayonnaise for some extra nutrients without compromising flavor. Now, let’s grab some lunch.

Classic Chicken Salad

  • Prep Time:5 minutes
  • Cook Time:5 minutes
  • Total Time:10 minutes
  • Servings:2-3
  • Easy

    Ingredients

  • 1/2 precooked rotisserie chicken (deboned, about 2 cups of chopped chicken)
  • 1/3 cup full fat, plain greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup celery ribs, chopped fine
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)
Photo by Kyle Heffernan
Photo by Kyle Heffernan

Step 1

Cut the meat from the precooked rotisserie chicken into small, bite-sized pieces.

Step 2

Combine chicken with all of the other ingredients and mix well.

Step 3

Let the mixture sit in the fridge for at least 15 minutes to let the flavors develop.

Step 4

Add chicken salad to a bowl of greens, spread between two pieces of toast or enjoy with crackers!

Photo by Ashleigh De Simone
Photo by Ashleigh De Simone

Flavor Bomb Chicken Salad

  • Prep Time:5 minutes
  • Cook Time:5 minutes
  • Total Time:10 minutes
  • Servings:2-3
  • Easy

    Ingredients

  • 1/2 precooked rotisserie chicken (deboned, about 2 cups of chopped chicken)
  • 1/3 cup full fat, plain greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup celery ribs, chopped fine
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seed
  • 2 scallions, chopped fine
  • 2 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)
Photo by Kyle Heffernan
Photo by Kyle Heffernan

Step 1

Cut the meat from the precooked rotisserie chicken into small, bite-sized pieces.

Step 2

Combine chicken with all of the other ingredients and mix well.

Step 3

Let the mixture sit in the fridge for at least 15 minutes to let the flavors develop.

Step 4

Add chicken salad to a bowl of greens, spread between two pieces of toast or enjoy with crackers!

Photo by Ashleigh De Simone
Photo by Ashleigh De Simone

Curry Chicken Salad

  • Prep Time:7 minutes
  • Cook Time:5 minutes
  • Total Time:10 minutes
  • Servings:2-3
  • Easy

    Ingredients

  • 1/2 precooked rotisserie chicken (deboned, about 2 cups of chopped chicken)
  • 1/3 cup full fat, plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrot
  • 1/4 cup celery ribs, chopped fine
  • 1-2 teaspoon curry powder (try one and if a stronger flavor is desired add another)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seed
  • 2 minced scallions
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced parsely
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)
Photo by Kyle Herffernan
Photo by Kyle Herffernan

Step 1

Cut the meat from the precooked rotisserie chicken into small, bite-sized pieces.

Step 2

Combine chicken with all of the other ingredients and mix well.

Photo by Kyle Heffernan
Photo by Kyle Heffernan

Step 3

Let the mixture sit in the fridge for at least 15 minutes to let the flavors develop.

Step 4

Add chicken salad to a bowl of greens, spread between two pieces of toast or enjoy with crackers!

Photo by Ashleigh De Simone
Photo by Ashleigh De Simone

Garden Party Chicken Salad

  • Prep Time:5 minutes
  • Cook Time:5 minutes
  • Total Time:10 minutes
  • Servings:2-3
  • Easy

    Ingredients

  • 1/2 precooked rotisserie chicken (deboned, about 2 cups of chopped chicken)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup fresh, washed baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup fresh shredded carrot
  • 2 minced scallions
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced parsley
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)
Photo by Ashleigh De Simone
Photo by Ashleigh De Simone

Step 1

Cut the meat from the precooked rotisserie chicken into small, bite-sized pieces.

Step 2

Combine chicken with all of the other ingredients and mix well.

#SpoonTip: Add mozzarella or feta cheese for more flavor.

Step 3

Let the mix sit in the fridge for at least 15 minutes to let the flavors develop.

Photo by Kyle Heffernan
Photo by Kyle Heffernan

Step 4

Add chicken salad to a bowl of greens, spread between two pieces of toast or enjoy with crackers!

Photo by Ashleigh De Simone
Photo by Ashleigh De Simone